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Enda Kenny's final bid to form and lead new Republic of Ireland government

By Brian Hutton

Published 06/05/2016

Caretaker role: Enda Kenny
Caretaker role: Enda Kenny

Caretaker Taoiseach Enda Kenny will go before parliament again today for his fourth and likely final attempt to be re-elected premier after a months-long political standoff.

Mr Kenny believes he has enough support from a raft of independents to help him prop up a minority government led by his Fine Gael party, which suffered humiliating losses in February's general election.

His re-election, which would be the first time a Fine Gael leader has won a second term, is dependent on arch-rivals and the country's second largest party Fianna Fail abstaining from a vote of 157 TDs.

Fianna Fail agreed to do that in a deal struck at the weekend which handed concessions to the main opposition party and which is to be reviewed at the end of 2018. Since then Mr Kenny's party has been locked in talks with two factions - the Independent Alliance and the rural alliance - to agree a programme for government.

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